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Cyprus Shipping Registry Shows 1st Increase After 2 Years

Cyprus’ ship registry in the first half of the year has shown an increase of ocean-going vessels for the first time in the last two years, due to adverse effects brought by geopolitical tensions affecting global shipping, Deputy Minister for Shipping Marina Hadjimanolis has said.

Speaking at the International Business Day organised by the Cyprus International Business Association Hadjimanolis cautioned that after the rise the geopolitical tensions due to the war in Ukraine and attacks on commercial shipping by the Houthi regime in the Red Sea, challenges may evolve and persist leading to turbulence this year.

Stating that the maritime sector is an integral part of Cyprus’s identity, the Deputy Minister added that the continuous upgrading and strengthening of the services provided by the Shipping Deputy Ministry is undoubtedly one of the main priorities that have been set from the beginning, when the Government of Nikos Christodoulides took over in March 2023.

She stressed that an increase of 5.5% has been achieved during the last 6 months in the fleet of Cyprus-flagged seagoing vessels, after its two-year decline.

“The number of companies registered in the Cyprus Tonnage Tax System has been increased by 14%, reaching 420 in number,” Hadjimanolis said. Cyprus is the largest ship-management centre in the EU and one of the largest in the world.

Furthermore, the Deputy Minister pointed out that the Advisory Committee on Competitiveness and Quality Enhancement of the Cyprus Flag and the Advisory Committee on Competitiveness of the Cyprus Maritime Cluster have been established, to continuously improve and enhance the competitiveness of the Cyprus flag and Cyprus shipping, while the One-Stop Shipping Centre commenced its operations in November, aiming to provide quality service to all shipping companies, as well as companies whose activities are related to shipping and are based in Cyprus.

She also recalled that following a decision by the Council of Ministers, from January 2024, the annual tonnage tax for ships registered in the Register of Cyprus Ships will be reduced by up to 30% for each ship that demonstrates effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction measures.

This, Hadjimanolis said, ensures “that shipowners are rewarded for their efforts for decarbonization of the shipping sector.”

Digital Transactions: A Green Approach To Finance In Cyprus

As Cyprus increasingly embraces digital transactions, the environmental benefits of this shift are becoming evident. A recent report highlights that digital payments significantly reduce the carbon footprint associated with traditional banking operations. By decreasing the reliance on physical branches, paper-based processes, and the transportation of cash, digital transactions are contributing to a more sustainable financial ecosystem. This transition is in line with global initiatives to combat climate change and underscores Cyprus’ commitment to promoting a cleaner, more efficient financial landscape.

Digital transactions are not only more convenient and efficient but also significantly less resource-intensive. Traditional banking often involves extensive paperwork, the use of physical infrastructure, and the transportation of money, all of which contribute to higher carbon emissions. In contrast, digital transactions streamline these processes, resulting in lower energy consumption and reduced waste.

The environmental advantages of digital transactions are complemented by their economic benefits. By lowering operational costs and enhancing transaction speed and security, digital payments provide a compelling case for broader adoption. This shift supports sustainable development goals and aligns with the global push towards greener, more resilient economies.

Furthermore, the widespread adoption of digital transactions in Cyprus is expected to drive innovation within the financial sector. With the integration of advanced technologies such as blockchain and artificial intelligence, the digital financial landscape is set to become even more efficient and secure. These innovations not only enhance user experience but also contribute to environmental sustainability by further reducing the need for physical resources.

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